U.S. Politics

Morning Brief – 2-9-2017

Early snow in New York this morning. A storm is expected to deliver eight to 12 inches.

Early snow in New York this morning. A storm is expected to deliver eight to 12 inches | Alex Wroblewski for The New York Times

FROM MY INBOX and  (The New York Times)

Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
A silencing, a vote and an attorney general.
After the confirmation of Jeff Sessions, the Senate is set to turn its attention today to Representative Tom Price, nominated as secretary of health and human services.
Republican efforts to douse criticism of Mr. Sessions included a rebuke of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was forced to stop speaking from the Senate floor late Tuesday. That move could backfire, however, and affirm Ms. Warren as a leading voice of Democratic opposition.
When judges are attacked.
“Demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Those were the words of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the nominee for the Supreme Court, to describe President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary after rulings suspended a ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The president lashed out at federal appellate judges considering a challenge to his executive order, calling their proceedings “disgraceful” and describing the courts as “so political.”
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit could rule on the case as soon as today.
Topsy-turvy weather.
A significant snowstorm is headed to the Northeast today, with eight to 12 inches forecast in the New York City area.
Boston and Philadelphia are also expected to be hit hard. Check back for updates.
A deadly California fire prompts questions.
Documents released by the city of Oakland show that officials were aware of illegal housing in a warehouse where 36 people were killed in a fire in December.
The father of one of the victims said the scores of visits to the building by the authorities “validate the view that the fire was preventable.”
Seeking answers about a raid’s mistakes.
Yemen has asked for a “reassessment” of an American commando mission last month that killed several women and children, but it said it had not suspended future raids by U.S. Special Operations forces.
American officials had reported this week that the Yemeni authorities had withdrawn permission for such missions.
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Intel will invest $7 billion to complete a factory in Arizona and add 3,000 jobs.
The chief executive of the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer announced the move after meeting with Mr. Trump at the White House.
• More than half of jobs created in the European Union since 2010 have been on temporary contracts. For the so-called permatemps, life is a cycle of constant job searches.
“You feel stuck. You’re young, you have a lot to offer, but no one will give you a chance,” one worker told us.
Jose Cuervo is going public. The 200-year-old company, which produces about a third of the world’s tequila, is seeking more than $700 million in its initial public offering in Mexico.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Smarter Living
• New Year’s resolutions: For all of February, Smarter Living is here to help you stick to your goals. On Monday, we talked about the power of using habits to support your resolution, and we were happy to have so many readers email us their habit-forming tips or the obstacles they’ve encountered.
Many of the habits we heard about centered on a handful of topics. So here are helpful articles to sleep better, for health and nutrition, and to make exercise a routine.
Take it a step further by learning what kind of habit-former you might be, with our quiz.
We’ll be back on Monday with tips on finding support among your families, peers and communities to stay motivated.
• Recipe of the day
Give Chinese home-cooking a try with stir-fried tomatoes and eggs.
• Best of late-night TV.
We’re trying out a new feature this week: a rundown of the funniest and most memorable moments from the comedy shows.
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday, while “The Tonight Show” gamely tried to unite Democrats and Republicans with its recurring segment “Common Ground.” Both sides love peanut butter on toast, and say Harrison Ford is the best actor named Harrison.
• It’s New York Fashion Week.
There’s one big change this year: less star power.
“The shows are not cool anymore,” one fashion writer said. “The novelty is gone.”
• More than a game.
Chicago State’s women’s basketball team is in disarray. Budget cuts and a roster that had just six players at times led to an 0-22 record. Angela Jackson, the coach, isn’t giving up.
A larger purpose fuels her dedication. “We serve an African-American community, and I enjoy being the bridge from teenager to young adult,” Jackson said.
• An ambitious effort.
How tough is it to move a painting? Very, if it is “The Battle of Atlanta,” which is about 130 years old and longer than a football field.
Workers are moving the panorama as part of a $35 million plan. “It is rife with logistical tests, engineering quandaries, curatorial challenges and political and racial sensitivities that linger,” our writer says.
Back Story
When you think of doomed luxury ocean liners, the Titanic sinking in 1912 might be the first to come to mind. But the Normandie, a French ship that burned and capsized in New York City on this day 75 years ago, was nearly as remarkable.
Built in the 1930s, it was the first liner to exceed 1,000 feet in length. The Normandie was lauded as the biggest, fastest luxury ship afloat, featuring a first-class dining room with a sumptuous Art Deco interior.
The Normandie lying on its side after capsizing at the Hudson River pier in 1942.
The Normandie lying on its side after capsizing at the Hudson River pier in 1942.
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After World War II started, though, the ocean liner never again sailed. It was held and eventually taken over by the U.S. military, which renamed it the U.S.S. Lafayette, after the French general who helped America during the Revolutionary War.
During its conversion to a troopship in 1942, the Normandie caught fire and tipped over. Sabotage was suspected but never proven. The official cause was listed as life preservers set ablaze by a welder’s torch.
A year later, the ship was salvaged, and then scrapped.
But the Normandie was not forgotten. Its steam whistle blew again in 2010 to commemorate the anniversary of its first arrival in New York.
Des Shoe contributed reporting.


One thought on “Morning Brief – 2-9-2017

  1. “That move could backfire, however, and affirm Ms. Warren as a leading voice of Democratic opposition.”
    You can bet your sweet bippi on that one!


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